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Halva (Stove - Top Style)
(Halva Tis Katsarolas)
Most non-Greeks associate the word halva with a very sweet sesame candy. In Greece, however, the term also applies to a popular dessert made with farina. Fast and easy to make, Greek halva is an excellent last-minute dessert for unexpected guests.

What You Need:
  • 1 stick (╝ pound) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup regular uncooked farina
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Ground cinnamon for topping

  • How To Cook:
    1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Stir in farina and nuts and brown over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly.

    2. While farina is browning, combine sugar, milk, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.

    3. When farina is browned, slowly stir hot syrup into it. Remove from heat, cover skillet with a dish towel to absorb steam, cover with lid, and let stand for 30 minutes.

    4. Serve warm in bowls, sprinkled with cinnamon. Or spread halva onto a shallow platter to cool. Cut into diamond-shaped pieces and serve cold sprinkled with cinnamon.

    To Make: 12 pieces
    This recipe is also available in:
    Cuisine ╗ Europe ╗ Greece
    Main Ingredient ╗ Grains & Cereals ╗ Cereal
    Main Ingredient ╗ Dairy ╗ Milk
    Dish ╗ Desserts


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